Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water and Cancer Mortality

Since we have well water, we use a salt based water softener at our new farm-house.bottled water

None of us want to drink salty water, so we purchased a ceramic water dispenser and buy bottled Nestle water, which I run through my PUR water filter.

Nestle is the highest rated bottled water for purity.

My concern is that I may not be getting enough magnesium!  Thankfully as part of a homeopathic regimen I take liquid magnesium 3 x a week.

Magnesium plays hundreds of crucial roles in the body, including suppressing unstable heart rhythms, controlling blood pressure, maintaining insulin sensitivity, and regulating over 300 enzymes.

The amount required to prevent severe deficiency—is 420 mg a day for men and 320 mg a day for women.

FOOD SOURCES: pumpkin seeds (150mg/oz), brazil nuts (107mg/oz), halibut (91mg/3oz), quinoa (89mg per 1/4 cup dry grain), spinach (80mg per ‘ cup), almond (78mg/oz), black beans (60mg per ‘ cup cooked), oat bran (55mg per % cup).

Another strategy for boosting magnesium intake is to supplement your diet with the soluble fiber known as inulin. Like other soluble fibers, inulin may exert modest cholesterol- and triglyceride-reducing effects. However, it also enhances magnesium absorption in the intestine.

Below are NIH published studies linking low mineral water content with higher risk of cancer mortality.

Please pass on, especially to anyone you know who drinks softened water.

Calcium and magnesium in drinking water and the risk of death from breast cancer

The relationship between mortality from breast cancer and the levels of calcium and magnesium in drinking water was examined using an ecological design.

The age-standardized mortality rate (ASR) for breast cancer ( 1982-1991) was compared among municipalities with different levels of magnesium and calcium in drinking water.

There was a significant inverse relationship between the levels of calcium and magnesium in drinking water and risk of death from breast cancer.glass-water

Calcium and magnesium in drinking water and risk of death from prostate cancer.

The possible association between the increased risk of prostate cancer and the levels of calcium and magnesium in drinking water was investigated in a matched cancer case-control study in Taiwan.

All eligible prostate-cancer deaths (682 cases) of Taiwan residents from 1987 through 1993 were compared with deaths from other causes.

(Risk of PROSTATE CANCER mortality was 27-36% reduced for those with higher magnesium levels in drinking water.)

Note:

Other studies demonstrated that risk of OVARIAN CANCER mortality was reduced, 29-43%, in those with higher magnesium levels in their drinking water.

Risk of RECTAL CANCER mortality was 28-37% reduced for those with higher amounts of calcium in their drinking water.

Risk of ESOPHAGEAL CANCER mortality was 25-30% reduced in those with higher magnesium levels in their drinking water.

More References:

Be Well!

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4 thoughts on “Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water and Cancer Mortality

    1. Yep! Eat more Beans, Nuts and Seeds

      The very best food source of magnesium is pumpkin seeds. A 1/4 cup serving provides 185 mg, or 44 percent of the RDA.
      Also Sesame and sunflower seeds. Next are almonds (1/2 cup), black beans and pinto beans!

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